TOPSHOT - An aerial view taken with a drone on March 29, 2018 shows people visiting a makeshift memorial in tribute to the victims of a shopping mall fire in the industrial city of Kemerovo in western Siberia. / AFP / Dmitry Serebryakov
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Living in Kemerovo, a Siberian city 3,000 kilometers (1,900 miles) east of Moscow, they are hurt and angry over what they see as official callousness after the fire. The regional governor didn't visit the scene, President Vladimir Putin didn't declare a national day of mourning until two days after the fire, and officials have dismissed their protests over the blaze as political opportunism.Vika was one of six schoolchildren from the village of Treshchevsky who had traveled 45 kilometers (30 miles) that day to Kemerovo, a trip rewarding them for being good students. As they sat in the theater watching an animated film, a fire broke out in the four-story Winter Cherry mall.Teacher Oksana Yevseyeva, the trip's chaperone, had left the children to watch the movie themselves in the theater while she did some shopping. She was on the first floor when the fire broke out above.
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